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Nadja Tiktinsky - Bookseller in Manchester

Children's books are what I like best and read most, but I'll throw the occasional adult novel into the mix! I have an MFA in Children's Literature and teach high school English and creative writing in addition to working as a Northshire bookseller. I read everything but especially love outdoor adventure novels, classics, historical fiction, and books that make me cry.

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062999368
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 15th, 2022

Whereas Connor's last book, A Home for Goddesses and Dogs, felt like a departure from her typical style, this novel feels like a return to it. At her best, Connor writes sensitively about disability and incorporates a deep sense of place and a hint of mystery into her work, and this book is certainly Connor at her best. Aurora feels responsible when her best friend, Frenchie goes missing; their two families, along with the police and most of their fellow townspeople, set off to look for him. Their search is complicated by the fact that Frenchie is autistic and nonverbal, and will not reply even if he hears a rescuer calling his name. Aurora knows Frenchie better than anyone, but getting the authorities to listen to her is an uphill battle. Really well done, and a perfect read for Connor fans whose favorite book of hers is The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


The Sentence by Louise Erdrich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

A ghost shows up in a Native American-run bookstore in Minneapolis at precisely the wrong time: Covid is about to appear, and it won't be long before the murder of George Floyd turns the city upside down. Erdrich juggles these diverse components to create a fractured window into contemporary America. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Carry Me Home by Janet Fox - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534485082
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 24th, 2021

Lulu has a secret. She, her little sister, and her dad have been living in a car for a few months, and Lulu wakes up one morning to find him gone. Terrified that she and her sister will be separated in foster care if anyone finds out, Lulu is determined to take care of them both without any adults noticing. The problem is, they're rapidly running out of money. This is a good pick for fans of Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson or The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


How to Find What You're Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525555032
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Published: Kokila - September 14th, 2021

Historical fiction set in the 1960s, immediately following the Loving v. Virginia court case that made interracial marriage legal. Twelve-year-old Ariel's beloved older sister, Leah, elopes with an Indian man, and is subsequently disowned by their parents. As Ariel frantically tries to find Leah, her parents' Jewish bakery, which has never had it easy in their majority-Christian town, begins to struggle financially. Hiranandani is incredibly good at dissecting prejudices between marginalized communities, as she did with the Hindu and Muslim populations of India in her Newbery-honor debut, The Night Diary, and this book is further proof of that: she gives great depth and complexity to her characters' bigotry, where a lesser author might take it at face value. I was a bit hung up by Hiranandani's choice to write in present tense and second person, but overall really enjoyed this read. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338777246
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 21st, 2021

A literary, technical book perfect for a child reader looking for a challenge. Selznick makes good on the promise of his title, providing a glittering collection of short stories so brief they could be considered children's flash fiction. Kaleidoscope-like, the stories take one central relationship - a friendship between two characters, one named James and the other an anonymous narrator - and twist it into different fragments, showing them as they could be in a myriad of different lives: children, adults, human, inhuman, alive, dead, strangers first meeting each other, and life-long friends. Repeated imagery strings throughout the stories, adding to the effect, and each story is introduced by two illustrations, one fragmented as if viewed through a kaleidoscope, and one still. Incredible, transcendent work from an innovative author. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


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